Mrs Barrett - Family Support Worker

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Hello, my name is Mrs Barrett and I am the Family Support Worker in school.
At King Edward Primary, we understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make a happy, successful school and home life a struggle. My role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community. I can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child's behaviour, health and wellbeing and I am also here as someone to talk to if you need it.
I work in a non-judgmental way and I know that families come in all shapes and sizes.
I have over 20 years’ experience of working with children and their families. Advice and support is confidential although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. I may not have all the answers, but if I can’t help I usually know someone who can.
Alongside working with you as a parent, I can work directly with children on a 1:1 basis or in small groups.
My role is varied and these are some of things I can help with:
• Behaviour at home
• Parenting skills
• Mental Health
• Bereavement and Separation
• Confidence and Self-esteem
• Money and Housing Difficulties
• Emotions and Feelings
• Social Skills
• Nurture Groups
• Attendance
• Health Issues
• Early Help Assessments
• Referrals to other agencies

Together, we work closely with other agencies such as Early Help, Intensive Family Support Teams and Social Services to help families who need support through Team Around the Child (TAC), Child in Need and Child Protection. Our aim is always to support you regardless of your situation.
I am available in school 5 days per week, before and after school Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can contact me by calling school on 01405 813522. You are welcome to drop in during the school day to speak to me or you can also email me at

Medical and Health Needs
If your child has any medical or health needs that need to be attended to during the school day I can work with you and the classroom staff to develop a care plan for school.
I also work closely with the School Nursing team and can make a referral to the School Nurse if required.
Doncaster School Nursing Service has developed an App for children to use to monitor their asthma. The app is called 'Inhale' and available on Android and Iphones as a free download.

inhale app


Pharmacy First (Minor Ailments Scheme)

This is an NHS scheme where your local pharmacist can diagnose and treat minor conditions to save you making a GP appointment. Children under the age of 16 are entitled to free medicines under the Pharmacy First Scheme.

The pharmacist can treat conditions such as:

This scheme is available at Weldricks Pharmacy on Fieldside, Thorne and at Weldricks on Finkle Street, Thorne.


Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an exciting new program which we started in October 2016 in the Cool Cats class. We have now completed our first ever Roots of Empathy programme and the children enjoyed watching baby Caitlyn grow and develop; they loved interacting with Caitlyn during her visits. We have learnt about why babies cry, safety, emotions, sleep and teething. The children have done some fantastic artwork and sang some wonderful songs to Caitlyn. We had a big suprise during Caitlyn's final visit when she walked into the classroom!

We have just started the 2017 Roots of Empathy Programme in the Leaping Lambs class. We have met baby Jovan and his Mum, Zoe and we are looking forward to see what Jovan can do on his future visits to the classroom.

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Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

Roots of Empathy was originally founded in Canada and is now used all over the World.

At the heart of the program are a baby and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches the children to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. The baby is the “Teacher” and is used help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. At the end of the program the children are more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy) and are therefore less likely to physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt each other through bullying and other cruelties.

For more information about Roots of Empathy please click on the link


Who else can help?

If you have worries about your child, connected with school, it is always best to discuss these with the class teacher in the first instance as they will know your child and can work with you to address any issues.

If you are concerned about your child’s behaviour in school, please make an appointment with the class teacher or Mrs Smith who is our Designated Behaviour and Safeguarding Lead.

If you need to speak to somebody about your child’s Special Educational Needs then please contact Mrs Cassidy who is our SENCO.

There are many outside agencies who can also support you and your child and I have listed some of them here. If you need any other support that isn’t listed, please contact me.

Doncaster School Nursing and Health Visiting Service 0-19. Tel: 01302 566776


Doncaster Early Help Hub. Tel: 01302 734110

Moorends Family Hub Tel: 01405 818158

Doncaster Domestic Abuse Service Tel: 0800 4701 505

Citizens Advice Bureau (Thorne) Tel: 0344 499 4137



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